Craniosacral therapy (CST) is a gentle, hands-on, non-invasive modality widely used by the osteopathic physicians, physical therapists, chiropractors, massage therapists and other allied health professionals. By using subtle palpation CST practitioner can identify restrictions, often called lesions, in the patient’s cranium and throughout the rest of the body. While theoretical basis of CST is deeply rooted in the notion that cranial bones have slight mobility along the sutures, the core of this practice is centered around the concept of primary respiration, the subtle, slow wave-like movement that is often called the tide or craniosacral rhythm (CSR). Despite frequent critiques by the conventional medical establishment that the CSR has not been documented and has no theoretical therapeutic framework, the experimental evidence shows the opposite. In 1970, at the meeting of the osteopathic professionals at the Michigan State University a consensus expert opinion was formed, leading to the conclusive research over the following several years that demonstrated that cranial bone sutures have the capacity to express small degrees of movement with a human CSR rhythm of 8-12 cpm.
While there is a limited number of clinical trials demonstrating efficacy of CST, existing weak empirical evidence shows its possible effectiveness for a wide variety of problems, most of which are of orthopedic or neurologic nature. CST has been demonstrated to be effective for headaches, trauma-associated symptoms and trauma resolution, chronic pain syndromes, especially related to temporo-mandibular joint dysfunction and trigeminal nerve. CST has also showed positive effects for strabismus, and different neurovascular and neurofacial impingements. Several studies demonstrated that CST is an effective and safe modality for chronic idiopathic vertigo. Schedule an appointment.
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